So, “Spot” (Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm), it …

Comment on $60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz by Bob Durnan.

So, “Spot” (Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm), it was beyond the ken of these fabulous civic-minded “developers” to organise maintenance and get the pipes fixed in a solid useful building whose rooms were much in demand by backpackers and others (I myself stayed there a number of times), but you reckon they have the answers to the town’s problems?
More likely they appreciated the way that they and their cronies would be able to ratchet up the rentals on their other properties around town once the Melanka had been decommissioned, and also make money by selling the Melanka site off for a song to suckers from interstate once they had reduced the hostel to rubble.

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$60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz
Wtf “Spot” (Posted April 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm): “the town is full of undeveloped blocks … in the CBD”? You could have fooled me … Maybe “Spot” could point them all out to us? I thought developers had been complaining about a shortage of development sites in the CBD for years. I am only aware of the Melanka Hostel site, which would still be used as accommodation if some half-witted “developer” hadn’t knocked the hostel down; the old Shell Service Station site; and the old Commonwealth bank, which is still standing, in the CBD. Where are all these other undeveloped vacant sites in the CBD, or indeed in the rest of the town, Mr or Mrs “Spot”?
As for the height restrictions: community leaders, town planners and government had the foresight to preserve the laid back aura of Alice Springs, and the beauty of the views from Anzac Hill, by forbidding high rise development which could have turned the centre of Alice into a poor imitation of Las Vegas over the last few decades. The occasional four or five storey building may be permissible in some situations, but let’s keep the vistas of our beautiful hills, and forgo the concrete canyons.

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Road toll drops by half
Like InterestedDarwinObserver, I think Assistant Commissioner Beer’s claim is a somewhat questionable one.
Given that the majority of NT road deaths are normally the result of single vehicle roll-overs on remote roads, it is questionable whether more intensive traffic policing in Alice would necessarily produce this good result as claimed.
We would need a much bigger sample and more details of the individual accidents to really get an idea about what is actually going on here.

Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.

Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Hal: How would the Land Council stand legally if it were to destroy the property of a set of traditional owners without their permission? The CLC does not own the horses.
They are either the property of individual traditional owners and traditional owner family groups, or of persons who have contracts with the TOs to allow their horses to be on the TOs’ land.
Or else they are the responsibility of the particular Land Trust trustees on whose land they are located.
Legally the CLC as a statutory body can only consult and advise the traditional owners, and act on their instructions. It cannot make decisions for them without their permission.

Billen’s family: Make telling hotel where you trek mandatory
Ruth Gibbins (Posted January 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm): Monika Billen was not at Trephina Gorge, the park reserve about 85 km east of Alice, where the German couple, the Thors, died from thirst or exposure 12 months ago.
Monika visited a different park reserve, Emily Gap, which is only about 10 km east of Alice. She seemingly walked there by herself on a very hot day, above 40 degrees centigrade.
Monika was apparently found under a tree in a rugged area, well away from the road, about three km back towards Alice from that small gorge.
So she died in the bush about seven km east of Alice, but in the bush, off the road.
There is no established walking track through the bush from Emily Gap to Alice.
Sadly, Monika had been missing for a week before anybody realised that she had not returned from her walk to and from Emily gap, along a non-designated route, in the extreme heat.

Police drop MLA’s trespassing charge
InterestedDarwinObserver (Posted January 24, 2019 at 8:52 am): Your statement is highly confusing. Are you really saying that Bruce is like a perpetual victim, identity politician and social justice warrior, and that Sandra Nelson MLA stood him up? I know that Bruce has been a bit of an anti-fracking warrior, but I would have thought that your description of him is a bit excessive.

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